Kodak Portra is a professional level film admired for it’s high level
of detail from a very fine grain, smooth, natural colours but still
with a bit of punch and richness, open shadows without crushed blacks
and for being hard to blow out highlights.
Is Kodak Portra a film without character? For me, for what I want from film, yes. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to be negative about what is an excellent film. It’s just to me, Kodak Portra is too perfect.
In 2019, Fuji Superia is my favourite colour film. It reminds me of what film looked like in the 1990s before digital was mainstream. It looks like so many film shots I took as a kid (I cannot really remember what films they were).
This film does bring out a lot of colours, it is well saturated and
probably a little too much so as the colours can look a bit ‘off’ but at
the same time you can get some really nice looking images from it.
This is such a cool black and white film! For 400 ISO, this film is
not very grainy. It’s actually really smooth, and coupled with the high
speed which lets you work with it in challenging light conditions, I
love it for low light black and white.
I’m a Leica Street photographer. I am, by my own admission a gear nut, but I don’t buy gear just to test it or pixel peep. I’m only interested in the art that can be produced with the gear. And seeing what emotions can be brought out in those who see my photos.